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Staying safe in extreme heat

Posted at 4:41 PM, Jun 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-30 12:39:29-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — CHI Health says 24 people visited their ER's Saturday as a result of heat-related issues.

After starting Sunday in the mid 70s, temperatures will quickly climb back into the mid 90s by the afternoon, says meteorologist Audra Moore.

A heat advisory is again in effect from 1 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, with indexes expected to reach 100-110 degrees.

Highs remain in the 90s for the rest of the week.

If outside, ensure you stay hydrated and take occasional breaks to give your body time to recover. Don't leave pets or children in hot vehicles.

According to Mayo Clinic, heat exhaustion signs and symptoms include:

  • Cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat
  • Heavy sweating
  • Faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Weak, rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure upon standing
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Headache

If you suspect heat exhaustion, Mayo Clinic says to take these steps immediately:

  • Move the person out of the heat and into a shady or air-conditioned place.
  • Lay the person down and elevate the legs and feet slightly.
  • Remove tight or heavy clothing.
  • Have the person drink cool water or other nonalcoholic beverage without caffeine.
  • Cool the person by spraying or sponging with cool water and fanning.
  • Monitor the person carefully.

See also: Heat Advisory Sunday